Chelsea: Season 1 (2016)

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Chelsea comes up short in its attempts to innovate the conventional talk show format -- and even worse, it frequently fails to be smart or funny.

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User Ratings: 308

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Air date: May 11, 2016

Chelsea created this talk show to get the college education she never had, so for her series opener, she's tackling the topic of education with guests Drew Barrymore​, Pitbull​and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King​. The episode will close with a special Netflix University segment.

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Air date: May 12, 2016

Chelsea's LIVE in-studio guests include Gwyneth Paltrow​, Tony Hale​, and TED Talk's​ Chris Anderson​. She will also travel south of the border to explore the world of Telenovelas in Mexico.

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Air date: May 13, 2016

Welcome to ChelseaCon. Comic book expert Amy Dallen​gives Chelsea a primer on the Marvel Universe, before the cast of "Captain America: Civil War" -- Chris Evans,​ Sebastian Stan,​ Emily VanCamp​, and Frank Grillo​ -- take on their biggest challenge yet: dinner at Chelsea's!

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Air date: May 18, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Gwen Stefani and Bobak Ferdowsi and joins a colorful Harajuku squad.

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Air date: May 19, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Wanda Sykes, speechwriter Jon Favreau and several senior Florida voters.

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Air date: May 20, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Christina Aguilera goes ice skating with Russian figure skaters.

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Air date: May 25, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Barbara Boxer and DJ Khaled.

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Air date: May 26, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Rachel Bloom.

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Air date: May 27, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Ashton Kutcher and Cindy McCain and tries her hand as a dog walker for hire.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2016

Chelsea sits down with Kate Hudson to talk about parenting.

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Critic Reviews for Chelsea Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (13)

Chelsea may be off to a shaky start, but for those who want to wait for the show to find its feet before checking out some episodes, there should be an interesting backlog of segments in a few weeks.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Chelsea Handler is the sort of person about whom people tend to have strong feelings: You like her or you don't and will watch Chelsea accordingly. But Chelsea is interesting beyond its specifics, as a Netflix experiment.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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Why? Well, "Chelsea" is still figuring that out.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It all depends on where you fall along the Chelsea Handler enjoyability spectrum. More than any other talk show, this is all about the host. If you like her, give it a try. If not, chill elsewhere.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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If Handler rediscovers that bite that we love, that willingness to excoriate her victims with a laugh, perhaps "Chelsea" can have a long life on Netflix. Without that, it's just Goop with Grey Goose.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Handler's longtime fans may be willing to "Chelsea" and chill, but it's difficult to see how this particular offering will expand that narrow base.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's not as though Handler is admirably swinging for the fences and missing, she's striking out while attempting a bunt.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

As anyone recalls from their first days of school, you don't actually learn anything. That's certainly true of Chelsea, too. The premiere is often very fun, especially when Handler's eye-roll-driven plain-talking sense of humor slips in off the cuff.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a big gamble for Netflix, but also a welcome reprieve from the current late-night landscape.

Jan 18, 2017 | Full Review…

If Handler's new show isn't exactly breaking the mold quite yet, this early offering is unexpected in an entirely different way: its host is salty and acerbic as ever, but Chelsea is surprisingly earnest and heartfelt-even, dare I say, mushy?

Sep 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The idea is that Handler hopes to learn a lot from her new show, though her own rapping to end it is the most embarrassing. Still, not breaking for commercials makes all the difference.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Yes, this is what we've been waiting for: a talk show that is proud to be even dumber than Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chelsea: Season 1

  • Sep 19, 2019
    This show is garbage
  • Sep 01, 2018
    Chelsea brings her unique humor, in an environment where she can be free to do it. love this show!
  • May 12, 2018
    This woman is too gross to be funny.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Had to disinfect MY tv after 2 minutes of watching this garbage
  • Sep 12, 2017
    This show is equal parts hilarious and insightful. There are elements in here for data nerds, political nerds, comedy lovers and more. Obviously the insights are liberal, and Chelsea throws in her trademark shock-value comedy where appropriate. It is a well-balanced comedy political talk show, and hopefully a trend-setting series for the future of "television" style content.
  • Sep 06, 2017
    Funny, smart, and sweet. Love this show and love what it focuses on!!
  • Jul 27, 2017
    Just not funny or entertaining
  • Apr 23, 2017
    How anyone can watch a show hosted by a woman that brags about having abortions is beyond me.
  • Mar 08, 2017
    ZZZZZZzzzzzz. This is what happens when you are no longer sleeping with the boss of your Network. You get real reviews and they matter.
  • Jan 24, 2017
    Horrible..But that's just me.. Plenty of other good comedy on Netflix..Hope their not wasting alot of money on it

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